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Christian M. Williams, Esq.

Christian M. Williams

Partner

address: 5005 Rockside Rd. Suite 260 Cleveland, Ohio 44131-6808
phone: 216.520.0088
fax: 216.520.0044
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Chris Williams has over twenty-five years of experience as a trial attorney, focusing on all aspects of employment, commercial and general tort litigation. Chris has represented Ohio school boards in trial and appellate court litigation, labor arbitrations, real property tax valuation cases, civil rights claims, employment discrimination, student discipline matters, and many other school law matters. Chris also counsels assists school boards in labor and other contract negotiations. Chris is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, and is a regular presenter on school law issues throughout the state.

Chris spends his free time coaching his son’s flag football and basketball teams, and training for his next 10K.  Chris has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including Treasurer and Assistant Chief for the Cuyahoga Valley Native Sons and Native Daughters, an organization dedicated to promoting the bond between father and child through recreational activities such as camping, model rockets, and the pine car derby.


Bar Admissions

• Ohio
Court Admissions

• United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
• United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
• Ohio local and state courts
Professional and Civic Organizations and Activities
• Ohio State Bar Association
• Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys

Education
• J.D., cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
• B.A., cum laude, English (minors in Political Science and Philosophy), Case Western Reserve University

Selected Recent Presentations and Published Works

2020 “Setting the Bargaining Table: Preparations for Negotiations”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Ticket to Ride: Access to Extracurricular Activities Under Section 504”; Special Education Seminar
2019 Life After Janus“; School Negotiations Workshop
Staying on Top of Administrative Contract Issues“; School Law Update Seminar
School Safety“; Special Education Seminar
2018 Fixing Troublesome Contract Language”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Discipline of Students with Disabilities”; Special Education Seminar
Tips to Keep You from Going CRA-EZ on Tax Abatements“; School Law Update Seminar

2017Ties that Bind – Contract Language that Hinders the Mission“; School Negotiations Workshop
Planning and Legally Conducting Board Meetings“; School Law Update Seminar
2016 The Line in the Sand: Disciplining Employees“; School Law Update Seminar
“Electronic Discussions and the Open Meetings Act”; OSBA Capital Conference
2015 Head Toward the Light! The Necessity of Complying with Ohio’s Open Meetings Act”; School Law Update
How Unions Use Grievances and Unfair Labor Practice Charges to Extract Language Concessions”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Student-Related Search and Seizure”; School In-Service
Management Toolbox:  Outsourcing and Sharing of Services:  Challenges and Opportunities”; OSBA & ESC
“Proper Investigation and Discipline of Employees”; School In-Service
“Proper Investigation and Discipline of Students”; School In-Service
“Improving Employee Performance Through Effective Evaluations”; School In-Service
2014“Common Mistakes Made by Superintendents”; BASA Fall Conference
“Student Discipline:  Making Sure It Doesn’t Hurt You More Than It Hurts Them”; School Law Update Seminar
“Union Tactics A-Z and Board Responses”; School Negotiations Workshop
2013 “Responding to the Threat of a Strike”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Top 10 Ways to Minimize District Liability Issues”; OSBA Capital Conference
“If It Don’t Make Dollars, It Don’t Make Sense – When to File Property Valuation Complaints & Counter-Complaints”; OCSBA Spring Seminar
“The OTES Waltz – Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”; School Law Update Seminar
“Efficiently Responding to Free Speech in the Public Schools”; BASA Regional Meeting
2012“Don’t Whiff on Your RIF – Complying with New Evaluation Standards for RIFs”; School Law Update Seminar
“SERB Decisions Everyone Should Know in 2012”; School Negotiations Workshop
2011 “How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing”; Special Education Seminar
“Turning Over a New Leave”; Seminar on the Challenges and Opportunities of SB 5
“Emergency Removal, Suspension and Expulsion Procedures Under §3313.66”; School District Administrative Inservice
“Death by 1,000 Paper Cuts – How Unions Use Grievances & ULPs to Get Language Concessions”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Sharing Services to Reduce Costs”; School Law Update Seminar
“Pruning the Bad Apples – Teacher Termination for Poor Performance”; BASA
2010 “Section 504 Eligibility Update”; Special Education Seminar
“Tips for Preserving Your Property Tax Base”; School Law Update Seminar
2009 “Legal Issues and the Electronic Age in Schools”; OSBA Cyber Law 2009 – Technology and the Law Seminar
“Parents as the Bullies – The Disruptive Parent at School”; School Law Update Seminar
“E-Mails as Public Records”; Business Managers Roundtable
“Competitive Bidding of School Construction Contracts – A Review and Refresher”; Business Managers Roundtable

Combatting Human Rights Abuses and Inadequate Organ Supply Through Presumed Donative Consent, 26 Case Wes. Res. J. Int’l L. (Spr. 1994)

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